Tourist, 38, Dies While Attempting to Take Photo at Edge of Over 200-Foot Cliff in Australia
A woman has died after falling off an over 200-foot cliff in Australia, where she had been attempting to take a photo.
Multiple outlets, including Australia's 9News, have identified the woman as 38-year-old Rosy Loomba, who had been visiting Grampian National Park's Boroka Lookout in Victoria, Australia, with one of her children and her husband.
According to 9News, Loomba tripped after climbing over safety barriers to get the shot and fell to her death in front of her family around 3 p.m. local time on Saturday. The outlet further reports that witnesses could hear her screaming but were unable to help.
A tour guide in the area, Graham Wood, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that people often climb over the park's safety barriers to take photos.
"We left and I believe within a half an hour that did happen. … [I was] shocked. It was just a coincidence," he said. "I don't know how you can stop it happening but maybe this incident will help. … It's a hard way to get people to adhere to what should be common sense."
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"This happens all the time and one of these days someone's gonna fall off," Wood told 9News of people ignoring the safety warnings.
In a statement to the ABC, Lisa Neville, Victoria's police minister, urged people to "stop this extreme photo-taking for social media purposes." She added, "Enjoy what we've got on offer. But you don't need to do it in that extreme way."
"We can't rope off every part of Victoria," Neville told 9News. "People have to take responsibility."
The ABC reports that police are preparing a coroner's report, and that "current barrier fencing and signage has been inadequate to prevent significant numbers of visitors accessing the ledges seeking photos," according to a draft landscape management plan by Parks Victoria for Grampian National Park.
The tragedy comes 11 months after a 21-year-old tourist from England died when she fell off a cliff in Australia while taking a selfie, according to the BBC.
The body of Madalyn Davis — who was known for her makeup tutorials online — was reportedly found in the waters of Sydney's Diamond Bay Reserve in January, some four hours after she was reported missing. According to news.com.au, Davis and a group of friends went to Diamond Bay to watch the sunrise and take pictures after partying the previous night.
Around 6:30 the next morning, the friends lost sight of Davis as she took pictures atop a cliff, according to news.com.au. They called emergency services soon after.
In their emotional statement, Davis' family said she was someone who "saw the best in people" and added, "She believed in universal oneness, the fundamental belief that she couldn't hurt another human being, as to do so she would hurt herself."
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